New ‘Harry Potter’ Fixed For September Release Amid JK Rowling Backlash

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Harry potter, wearing gryffindor robes and glasses, sits at a table in the hogwarts dining hall, looking pensive with students and food around him.

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Harry Potter fans, get ready because we’re heading back to the Wizarding World sooner than anticipated.

The Harry Potter franchise has had a bumpy few years. Not only is the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise seemingly dead in the water but there’s also been a huge exodus of fans thanks to the beliefs (and many, many tweets) of its creator, JK Rowling.

JK Rowling visits the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan
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Once a beloved literary figure, Rowling has gained a controversial reputation since 2018 when she liked a tweet that described trans women as “men in dresses.” This sparked plenty of backlash at the time, but little did fans know this was just the beginning of Rowling’s online critiques of the transgender community.

This year alone, Rowling was reported to Northumbria Police after deliberately misgendering broadcaster India Willoughby several times on X (formerly known as Twitter). In one such post, Rowling wrote that Willoughby is “a man reveling in his misogynistic performance of what he thinks ‘woman’ means: narcissistic, shallow and exhibitionist.”

(L to R) Hermione Granger, Harry Potter, and Ronald Weasley in the snow in 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban'
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She was also accused of being a Holocaust denier after (falsely) claiming that the Nazis did not target transgender people during World War II and shared a thread on X in which she grouped together several transgender celebrities and known criminals – including convicted sexual offenders – and ended it by saying, “Obviously, the people mentioned in the above tweets aren’t women at all, but men, every last one of them.”

What’s more, Rowling has also publicly criticized Harry Potter stars who opposed her views, including Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger). Radcliffe later described the situation as “sad.”

Harry Potter holding his wand for the first time
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For those at odds with Rowling’s beliefs, it’s become extremely hard to support Harry Potter. Former fans have called for boycotts of the upcoming Max reboot of the franchise and Audible’s audiobook reboot. They also tried to organize a boycott of the video game “Hogwarts Legacy” (which went on to become the best-selling game of 2023).

Those on the anti-Rowling train now have yet another project to boycott. We now know when the next Harry Potteinstallment will be available for purchase – and it’s sooner than anybody thought.

A person in a green and silver scarf, resembling a student from the Slytherin house in Harry Potter, flies on a broomstick while reaching out to grab a golden snitch. They are in a Quidditch stadium with trees and a scenic background, amidst the excitement of the September release.
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WB Games and Unbroken Studios officially debuted the trailer for the upcoming video game “Harry Potter: Quidditch Champions” yesterday at WB Games and Unbroken Studios, where they also confirmed a release date of September 3, 2024.

“Harry Potter: Quidditch Champions” will give players the chance to play the magical sport enjoyed by Harry and his classmates at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. According to WB Games and Unbroken Studios, players will be able to choose between playing as Keeper, Chaser, Beater, or Seeker (the position played by Harry Potter himself for Gryffindor).

A character with short hair and wearing goggles, a dark red jersey, and gloves stands confidently with a clenched fist on a Quidditch field. The background features stadium towers adorned with colorful pennants and a castle in the distance, reminiscent of the magical world of Harry Potter by JK Rowling.
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An announcement from the Wizarding World confirms that the multiplayer game will take place across several settings.

Based on the wizarding sport from the Harry Potter books and films, you’ll be able to jump on a broom, don Quidditch robes, and play in some of your favorite wizarding world settings, whether that’s zooming around The Burrow or taking things up a notch at the Quidditch World Cup.

This isn’t the first Harry Potter Quidditch game. In 2003, the game “Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup” was released on Game Boy Advance, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube. This allowed players to play the game on both a school level as a member of Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin’s house teams and on an international level on teams such as England, the United States, and Japan.

Do you plan on playing “Harry Potter: Quidditch Champions”? Let us know in the comments!

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